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Roofer fell from ladder carrying bucket of tiles

10 January 2020A roofing company has been convicted of safety breaches after a worker sustained serious back injuries when he fell from a ladder while holding a bucket of broken tiles.Image credit | HSEOn 2 October 2018, AU Roofing and Building workers were working on a roof in Ramsgate, Kent where they were required to […]

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Water sector’s ‘refreshing’ results in tackling mental health

14 January 2020Almost three quarters of companies in the water sector routinely monitor their workforce’s wellbeing, according to a new report.  Image credit | iStock The Benchmarking against the Thriving at Work standards for mental health provision report, published last month by Thames Water, is the second benchmarking exercise to be undertaken against the Thriving at Work Report standards, produced by Lord Dennis Stevenson […]

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Boss who forged dead worker’s signature jailed for two years

17 January 2020The contracts manager of a roofing firm has been jailed after forging health and safety documents after a worker fell to his death.  Image credit | Greater Manchester Police On 24 September 2015, Kenneth Drake was working on the roof of an ironmongers in Rochdale when he fell through a fragile roof light. He sustained fatal head […]

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Demolition specialist in the dock after labourer killed

17 January 2020 A 33-year-old Lithuanian worker has been killed at a London construction site after a re-enforced concrete slab collapsed following an order from his supervisor to remove the props supporting it.   Image credit | HSE  Southwark Crown Court was told that on 14 April 2014, 33-year-old labourer Dainius Rupsys from Lithuania was working […]

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Grenfell Inquiry: Round Up of Phase One Conclusions

1 November 2019The first report by the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has highlighted ‘serious shortcomings’ in the London fire service’s preparedness for and response to the fire.Image credit | iStock Inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick has made detailed recommendations for better training for fire services and new duties on high-rise building owners in […]

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Lack of risk assessment lands steelmaker with £1.8m fine

Cardiff-based steelmaker Celsa Manufacturing has been prosecuted for failing to carry out a risk assessment before an explosion at its city centre plant left two workers dead and five more seriously injured. Electrical engineer Peter O’Brien, 51, was working with mechanical engineer Mark Sim, 41, in the basement of the site, where scrap metal was turned […]

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Cement firm handed £1m fine over factory fatality

The UK division of building products manufacturer Cemex has been convicted of safety failings after a worker was killed at its concrete block and paving factory in West Lothian.   James Brownlie suffered fatal injuries on 13 May 2017 while carrying out maintenance and repair work on a dry sided conveyor at the site in […]

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‘Serious corporate failure’ lands DHL with £2.6m fine

The death of an employee at the Coventry tyre distribution centre of logistics company DHL has resulted in a multi-million pound penalty.    Robert Baynham was crushed when a stack of tyre stillages toppled and fell through an internal office roof where he and three colleagues were working.An investigation by Coventry City Council found that the tyre […]

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Managing Drug and Alcohol Misuse in the Workplace

Do you know how to manage drug and alcohol misuse at work? Employers have a legal duty to protect employees’ health, safety and welfare. Understanding the signs of drug and alcohol misuse (or abuse) will help you manage health and safety risk in your workplace. HSE’s website has step-by-step guidance to help manage drug and […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace

10 October saw World Mental Health Day, but employers should remember that mental health problems can affect anyone, on any day of the year. HSE’s website has guidance on mental health in the workplace. One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. Where work-related stress is prolonged […]

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SAS soldiers court martialled over Brecon Beacon deaths

6 September 2018 Two soldiers from the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS) are being tried by court martial over the deaths of three reservists during a 26 km training exercise in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales. The military court centre Bulford Barracks in Salisbury, Wiltshire | Image credit: Tom Pilston/The Independent/REX/Shutterstock Both men, known […]

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Union launches guide to protect gig economy workers

13 September 2019 The public service union Unison has published a new guide for its health and safety representatives to explain how the gig economy has affected its members and what support they can provide. Image credit: web_traffic-warden_iStock-139960986. Health and safety and the gig economy offers advice on how to support particular groups, or tackle a […]

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Manufacturer fined £14k after worker slices knuckle on cutting saw

A Cheshire manufacturing company has been fined £14,000 after an employee sliced his knuckle on a metal cutting saw. Image credit: ©iStock/arturbo The incident occurred on 5 July 2017 when an employee of Contour Showers tried to clear a blockage from the cutting saw and the blade cut through the knuckle of his left index […]

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Solar panel co’s £40k fine over worker’s 4 m skylight plunge

12 August 2019 A company that installs solar panels has been fined £40,000 after a worker fell through an unprotected skylight during an installation on a farm workshop in East Sussex. Image credit: HSE Brighton Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 23 July 2018, a SolarUK employee was working on a fragile roof in Ninfield […]

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Grenfell Tower – Fire Brigade Interviewed by Police

The London Fire Brigade has been interviewed under caution by police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire. The fire service said it voluntarily gave an interview “as a body, rather than an individual” in relation to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said she recognised that survivors and the […]

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Web Design Service

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new service that will help our clients who want to have a presence on the internet or need their existing presence updating. We can now offer a full web design service that will work with you to identify your requirements and create an affordable website that […]

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IOSH Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers

We are pleased to announce that we have just obtained the licence to run the new IOSH Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers Course. The course focusses on techniques to apply relevant knowledge in the context of construction projects of all sizes. It helps delegates to gain a business-first approach and understand how this can […]

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GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation has applied in the UK since 25th May 2018, when it superseded the Data Protection Act 1998. GDPR places a new range of obligations on organisations, in order to increase accountability for data protection. In addition, GDPR has introduced significant penalties for organisations that fail to comply with the rules, […]

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£100 off our training courses

We are offering all of our customers £100 off our training courses for any of your sub-contractors who sign up to our Professional Safety Advisory Service. £100 off training courses

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Facebook Campaign

Are you trying to get a job on a construction site? we deliver the CITB HSA 1 day course that you need to attend prior to undertake the touch screen test for the green site labourers card Are you working on site and want to be a supervisor? we deliver the Site Supervisors safety Training […]

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Road Haulage Association (RHA)

At RSTCS we have formed a partnership with the RHA and have developed a series of H&S services designed to safeguard your staff, protect your reputation, achieve safety compliance while giving you complete peace of mind. Health & Safety needs to underpin every aspect of your haulage operation, regardless of your fleet size.  You have […]

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Quarterly flyer – December 2018

Safety Matters is our quarterly newsletter that is sent out to all of our customers to raise awareness on some topical safety and health issues Quarterly Flyer – December 2018

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HSE Inspection Initiatives – October 2018

HSE Inspection Initiative – October 2018 Occupational Health To help ensure your site is prepared if an HSE visit occurs, below is an overview of some areas, which may be reviewed and an example of some of the measures, which should be in place.  The list nor the control measures are exhaustive and each site […]

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